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I want to speak to you tonight about our effort in Afghanistan ... my administration will bring this war to a successful conclusion. He's a prophet, too?
It is important to recall why America and our allies were compelled to fight a war in Afghanistan in the first place. We did not ask for this fight. On September 11, 2001, nineteen men hijacked four airplanes and used them to murder nearly 3000 people. This is avoiding what happened before September 11, 2001 and Islamic grievances. The U.S. had engaged in war on Al Qaeda and Afghanistan already, most notably making an attack with cruise missiles on August 20, 1998. The U.S. had helped Israel slaughter far more innocent Palestinian persons than were killed on September 11. The U.S. also had placed military bases in Saudi Arabia, not really giving the dictators of that country any choice in the matter. Even these events are just the latest in a long train of events that followed the dismantling of the Turkish Empire by England, France and the U.S. after World War I.
... They were harbored by the Taliban, a ruthless, repressive, and radical movement to seize control of that country. The Taliban were not as ruthless as the U.S. ruling class, were less oppressive than U.S. allies like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and were conservative, not radical. They brought peace and stability to Afghanistan, ousting a bunch of ultra-violent women-raping opium-growing warlords.
The vote in the Senate was 98 to nothing. The Vote in the house was 420 to 1. Hey, that's true, both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party voted for an illegal war against the people of Afghanistan and are responsible for the large number of civilian casualties that followed, as well as toppling a legitimate government.
Only after the Taliban refused to turn over Osama Bin Laden, we sent our troops into Afghanistan. But refusing to extradite someone is not a just cause of war. Afghanistan did not attack the U.S., even though we first attacked Afghanistan on August 20, 1998.
As cadets, you volunteer for service during this time of danger. I am pretty sure we pay our military personnel.
As Commander in Chief I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan. After eighteen months our troops will begin to come home. This is pure politics, a balance of placating militarists and Americans who know we are wasting our resources in Afghanistan. It is not about vital national interest.
They [the new troops] will help create the conditions for the United States to transfer responsibility to the Afghans. Sounds like Vietnamization to me, and should read "to our puppet Afghans."
The days of providing a blank check are over. Actually, the U.S. has provided minimal funding for our puppet government. I am betting that this phrase means blank checks will now be written in political desperation.
They have been confronted with occupation by the Soviet Union and then by foreign Al Qaeda fighters. Al Qaeda fighters helped liberate Afghanistan from the Soviet Union. They never "occupied" Afghanistan, they were welcomed guests. The only occupier right now is the U.S., unless you count its imperialist Euro allies.
There are those who suggest that Afghanistan is another Vietnam ... Unlike Vietnam we are joined by a broad coalition of 43 nations ... Unlike Vietnam we are not facing a broad-based popular insurgency. The U.S. had a bunch of allies in Vietnam who contributed more troops than are being contributed to Afghanistan. And the Taliban are certainly roughly as popular in Afghanistan as the Viet Cong were in South Vietnam. How else would the Taliban be doing so well when they are up against Americans who fight mainly from the air with advanced modern weaponry?
Most importantly unlike Vietnam the American people were viciously attacked from Afghanistan. Double lies here. The September 11, 2009 attack was broadly based in Islamic nations, notably Egypt and Saudi Arabia. And Lyndon Johnson claimed North Vietnam did attack the U.S. in the Gulf of Tonkin incident.